From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
-- The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has made public an action plan to increase the deer herd in northern, eastern and western Maine.
Public concern over low deer herd numbers has intensified for nearly 20 years because regions where people expect to see deer in northern, eastern and western Maine, have been greatly impacted by the low numbers. Deer remain abundant in southern and central Maine.
Deer are also important drivers of Maine's economy. Wildlife watching and deer hunting have a $200 million economic impact, with jobs created at motels, sporting camps, restaurants, guide services and photo shops.
Numerous factors have impacted Maine's herd, such as severe winters, diminished number and quality of deer wintering areas, predation, poaching, improper winter feeding and vehicle collisions.
The harsh winters of 2008 and 2009 intensified the dire situation, creating the perfect storm of herd reduction and economic stress.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and its outdoor partners, including Maine Gov. Paul LePage, are seeking to increase the herd by working with sportsmen, landowners, wildlife watchers, biologists and wardens in several distinct areas outlined in "A Plan to Increase Maine's Northern, Eastern, and Western Deer Herd."
The executive summary of the plan is available online at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/hunting/deer_game_plan.htm.